Films

We are pleased to offer you a cinema programme free of charge as part of the festival. This year the Cinema is in the Camber Sands Memorial Hall just across the road from the main entrance. See your timecards / posters for the schedule on each day.

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    Films curated by Primavera Sound:



    The Apartment
    (1960, dir Billy Wilder)

    Romance at its most anti-romantic - that is the Billy Wilder stamp of genius, and this Best Picture Academy Award winner from 1960 is no exception. Set in a decidedly unsavoury world of corporate climbing and philandering, the great filmmaker's trenchant, witty satire-melodrama takes the office politics of a corporation and plays them out in the apartment of lonely clerk CC Baxter (Jack Lemmon). By lending out his digs to the higher-ups for nightly extramarital flings with their secretaries, Baxter has managed to ascend the business ladder faster than even he imagined. The story turns even uglier, though, when Baxter's crush on the building's melancholy elevator operator (Shirley MacLaine) runs up against her long-standing affair with the big boss (a superbly smarmy Fred MacMurray). The situation comes to a head when she tries to commit suicide in Baxter's apartment. Not the happiest or cleanest of scenarios, and one that earned the famously caustic and cynically humoured Wilder his share of outraged responses, but looking at it now, it is a funny, startlingly clear-eyed vision of urban emptiness and is unfailingly understanding of the crazy decisions our hearts sometimes make.


    Better Than Something: Jay Reatard
    (2011, dirs Alex Hammond & Ian Markiewicz)

    For Jimmy Lee Lindsay, known to his fans and detractors as Jay Reatard, life was a race against time. After growing up fast among Memphis crack addicts, he managed to blaze a path through the rough-and-tumble underground rock scene of the early aughts, releasing over 100 singles, EPs and full-length records in fourteen years. Then on January 13, 2010, not yet 30, he died. With their feature documentary Better Than Something, filmmakers Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz let Jay tell his own story: a poverty-stricken childhood, teen years spent as a two-fisted tunesmith battling fans and band mates alike, and a short-lived adulthood of focused and relentless productivity. "I just try to make as much as I can with the time that I have," he tells his audience. By any measure, that is exactly what he did. Better Than Something is both a testament to Jay Reatard's indisputable legacy and a tribute to his vital, thrilling, and all-too-brief life.


    The Breakfast Club
    (1985, dir John Hughes)

    John Hughes's popular 1985 teen drama finds a diverse group of high school students - a jock (Emilio Estevez), a metalhead (Judd Nelson), a weirdo (Ally Sheedy), a princess (Molly Ringwald), and a nerd (Anthony Michael Hall) - sharing a Saturday in detention at their high school for one minor infraction or another. Over the course of a day, they talk through the social barriers that ordinarily keep them apart, and new alliances are born, though not without a lot of pain first. Hughes (Sixteen Candles), who wrote and directed, is heavy on dialogue but he also thoughtfully refreshes the look of the film every few minutes with different settings and original viewpoints on action. The movie deals with such fundamentals as the human tendency toward bias and hurting the weak, and because the characters are caught somewhere between childhood and adulthood, it's easy to get emotionally involved in hope for their redemption.


    Dazed And Confused
    (1993, dir Richard Linklater)

    Director Richard Linklater turned his free-range verite sensibility on the 1970s in Dazed and Confused after changing the world with the generation-defining Slacker. As before, his all-seeing camera meanders across a landscape studded with goofy pop culture references and poignant glimpses of human nature. Only this time around, he's spreading a thick layer of nostalgia over the lens (and across the soundtrack). It's as if Fast Times at Ridgemont High was directed by Jean-Luc Godard. The story deals with a group of friends on the last day of high school, 1976. Good-natured football star Randall "Pink" Floyd navigates effortlessly between the warring worlds of jocks, stoners, wannabes and rockers with girlfriend and new-freshman buddy in tow. Surprisingly, it's not a coming-of-age movie, but a film that dares ask the eternal, overwhelming, adolescent question, "What happens next?". It's a little too honest to be a light comedy ("If I ever say these were the best years of my life, remind me to kill myself.") But it's also way too much fun to be just another existential-essay-on-celluloid.


    Grandma Lo-Fi: The Basement Tapes Of Sigridur Nielsdottir
    (2011, dir Kristin Bjoerk Kristjansdottir, Orri Jonsson & Ingibjoerg Birgisdottir)

    At the tender age of 70 she started recording and releasing her own music straight from the living room. 7 years later she had 59 albums to her name. The Danish/Icelandic artist Sigridur Nielsdottir is an adored figure in the Icelandic music scene, and this film is a tribute to her boundless creativity, created by the young musicians and artists that she inspired.


    The Great Escape
    (1963, dir John Sturges)

    In 1943, the Germans opened Stalag Luft III, a maximum-security prisoner-of-war camp designed to hold even the craftiest escape artists. In doing so, however, the Nazis unwittingly assembled the finest escape team in military history- brilliantly portrayed here by Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson and James Coburn- who worked on what became the largest prison breakout ever attempted. One of the most ingenious and suspenseful adventure films of all time, The Great Escape is a masterful collaboration between director John Sturges (The Magnificent Seven), screenwriters James Clavell (Shogun) and W.R. Burnett (Little Caesar), and composer Elmer Bernstein. Based on a true story, The Great Escape is epic entertainment that "captivates, thrills and stirs" (Variety).


    Lawrence of Belgravia
    (2011, dir Paul Kelly)

    'Lawrence Of Belgravia' is an intimate documentary portrait of England's greatest lost musical genius. Although his records have barely troubled the lower reaches of the charts, his cult status is now greater than ever. The film follows him as he tries to balance a precarious domestic lifestyle with running a band and recording his latest album. Shot over an eight year period it has been filmed, directed, edited and produced by Paul Kelly and runs at 90 minutes.



    Films curated by ATP:









    From ATP
    (2013, dir Vincent Moon)

    From ATP is a series of films by Vincent Moon, shot over 7 different ATP festivals. All between 25 and 35min long, they try to encapsulate the gonzo energy of the festival, mixing cult live shows with late night home parties, drunk dancing with hyperactive filming, following each time the voice of a narrator to whom it was asked - where is music coming from? From Lydia Lunch to Damo Suzuki, from Dave Dirty Projectors to Josh T. Pearson, a sonic gallery of our forgivable excesses. The films were funded through Kickstarter and ATP are very pleased to be able to screen 6 of the completed films at the two final UK holiday camp events.

    volume 0 (SKETCHES) FROM A NIGHTMARE:
    filmed at Nightmare Before Christmas 2006 curated by Thurston Moore

    volume 1 FROM SMOKE:
    narrated by Damo Suzuki, filmed at Nightmare Before Christmas 2007 curated by Portishead

    volume 2 FROM MIDDEN:
    narrated by David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors, filmed at ATP vs Pitchfork 2008

    volume 3 FROM GHOSTS:
    narrated by Saul Williams, filmed at ATP curated by Explosions In The Sky 2008

    volume 5 FROM PAIN AND PLEASURE:
    narrated by Lydia Lunch, filmed at Nightmare Before Christmas curated by Melvins/Mike Patton 2008

    volume 6 FROM GOD:
    narrated by Josh T Pearson, filmed at Ten Years Of ATP 2009


    Low Movie - How To Quit Smoking
    (2013, dir Philip Harder)

    Low Movie (How To Quit Smoking) follows the entire career of the iconic band Low and their relationship with director Philip Harder. For twenty years they made music videos and short films together, filming on ice, in railroad yards, and in rapidly disintegrating rooms.

    Low formed in 1993. Before the band's debut record, Harder, armed with a 16mm camera, filmed the band on Lake Superior in minus 30 windchill. At the time Low bucked rock protocol by turning their volume down and the haunting visuals helped define their minimalist approach. As Low matured they turned up and the lyrics grew more aggressive and political. The visuals followed suit resulting in clips that were never released due to the violent subject matter. Year after year, for two decades, Harder continued to shoot Low's music.

    For Low Movie, Harder went back into the vaults and reassembled all of his 16mm negatives, including outtakes, new material mixed with old, much of which has never been seen by anyone, including the band.

    Low Movie was created by the one person -- other than members Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker -- who has worked with the band Low over its entire existence.